On the road. Miami coming off an unexpected loss. A fair assumption would be that Miami will thrash the Sixers tonight.
But that’s why they play the games.
I have full confidence that the Sixers will at least do their part. Play hard and not just roll over for the Heat tonight. The question is what Heat teams shows up? The one that demonstrates all that talent they have to the fullest. Or the one that coasts through parts of games, look out of sorts and disoriented on the floor.
Doug Collins was honest at the beginning of this series when he said the Heat are the better team. They are. They have more talent and are capable of a much higher level of play than are the Sixers. But that’s the rub. If they don’t compete at that level consistently it doesn’t matter.
I have no idea how the Heat will come out tonight. You’d have to think highly motivated and looking to put the game away early (and avoid the random, uncontrollable bounces that can occur at the ends of close games). But I thought that last game and the Heat didn’t come out and show a killer instinct then. Why would they now?
What I know for is if they do it will be because of Wade. He has been here before and carried a team across the finish line. On the other hand LeBron has played well but ultimately come up lame in the past and Bosh isn’t even worth mentioning.
So what’s the strategy? Do not let Wade get hot early, get in a groove and dominate this game. Secondly, jump out on the Heat – again! The pressure is already weighted heavily on their shoulders, getting down early will only compound that. If those two things happen it could make for a very uncomfortably situation for the Heat and a very interesting game for Sixers fans.
At the end of the day though, this is the type of game superior teams dominate. They are pissed for losing a game they believe they shouldn’t have, are in the comfort of their own homes and chomping at the bit to destroy their opponent. Let’s hope the Sixers come ready and don’t back down.
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